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mother tongue

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Languages
mother tongueˌmother ˈtongue noun [countable] especially British English  SLLyour mother tongue is the first and main language that you learnt when you were a child syn native language/tongue children for whom English is not their mother tongue
Examples from the Corpus
mother tongueMore than one-fifth of the population had German as their mother tongue.
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